This was supposed to be her time to shine. The sudden departure of Carrie Fisher has been felt by friends and fans alike since her untimely death in 2016. Not only did it affect everyone who knew her, it also affected the franchise that made her (and she made it) a household name. Each new Star Wars film has been a new story but also a sendoff for each of the characters that won our hearts in 1977. Star Wars: Episode IX was going to focus on Leia and be her sendoff film.

Director JJ Abrams has devised a way around this, claiming that they’ll use completely unused footage from The Force Awakens to bring her back. Co-star Oscar Isaac recently spoke to The Daily Beast about not only how strange it has been filming without her, but how they’re honoring her. “The story deals with [her loss] quite a bit. It’s a strange thing to be on the set and to be speaking of Leia and having Carrie not be around. There’s definitely some pain in that.” But it’s not all pain as Isaac mentions that being back with Abrams and the others has been like having “senioritis”. 

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Somehow we imagine the film will not only honor the legacy Fisher left behind but the fun she brought to it as well. Isaac continues, mentioning that her loss is felt very keenly on set. But, there’s some hope. “[The film] deals with the amazing character that Carrie created in a really beautiful way.” With this and her daughter Billie Lourd‘s praise, we have to be hopeful that things will turns out alright, right? Of course we’d rather have Carrie here instead – but just maybe they’ll be able to pull this off. Frankly, I can already feel the tears forming. 

What do you think of Oscar Isaac’s comments? Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars news. You can see Oscar Isaac star along side Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX, flying into theaters December 20th, 2019.



Erin Lynch